Friday, March 17, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-03-17 at 7.33.00 PMWe have just finalized the plans for a new and one of a kind pilgrimage through arguably the most beautiful country in the world – Italy. We will be joined by Teresa Tomeo of Catholic Connections.

It is called the Saints & Shrines of Italy and start in Milan and slowly works down through magnificent countryside and unique cities from north to south ending up in Rome.

You won’t believe all that we have crammed into the adventure, yet with a leisurely pace with time to pray and lots of great Italian food and wine.

Take a look at the brochure and itinerary here. Check out the home page and interactive map here. Hope you can join us next April 2018!

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Since March 19 is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, I thought I would share a few things on this great saint!  First, a discussion of whether it is correct to call St. Joseph the father of Jesus. Second, I recently ran from Nazareth to the worksite of these two guys and I invite you by video to run along with me.

Was Joseph the “father” of Jesus?  We hear many opinions…

“Joseph was possibly the biological father of Jesus, but the Gospels deny the fact, claiming he was the product of a virgin birth, making Jesus more than just a man.”

“Jesus is really the product of rape and Joseph mercifully stepped up to the plate to help Mary and the unfortunate baby.”

“Joseph was not the father of Jesus because Jesus had no biological father; he was born to the Virgin Mary by the miraculously overshadowing of the Holy Spirit.”

There is more than one opinion today on Joseph’s relationship to Jesus—but what is the truth? Is it theologically and historically correct to refer to Joseph as the father of Jesus?

In front of the tomb of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem I state in my video/ DVD Jesus, the Word Became Flesh, “The earth provided a borrowed cave in Bethlehem to receive him at his birth and now another borrowed cave in Jerusalem protects his body in death. Born from a virgin womb he was now buried in a virgin tomb.

His father Joseph found the cave for this birth, a disciple Joseph found a cave for his burial” (the words in question are italicized).

But is it proper to refer to Joseph as “the father of Jesus”? The answer is both yes and no.

For the rest of the article click here.

 

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